Objects of beauty by Henry Wilson

  • Monday 28 January to Sunday 17 February 2019, 11am – 8pm
  • Aesop Gough Street
    2 Gough Street
    Central, Hong Kong

Sydney-based industrial designer Henry Wilson is renowned for crafting utilitarian objects that are distinguished not only by exceptional craftsmanship but also their discreet tactility and imperfect beauty. His work spans various materials—bronze, brass, aluminium, stone and leather—and he uses traditional methods, such as lost-wax casting, to achieve forms and finishes that sit comfortably in any setting, and which are intended to be used and appreciated for generations. We are pleased to showcase four of his signature pieces, including our recently released Brass Oil Burner, at Aesop Gough Street between late January and mid February, and warmly invite your visit to view the display.

The other pieces featured in the installation are Henry’s Thoronet dishes, inspired by the architecture of Thoronet Abbey—a former Cistercian abbey in south-eastern France built in the 12th and 13th centuries; his set of three Stack trays, which lends pleasurable heft to storage of small everyday items; and the Surface wall sconce, a fixture that effects a particularly soft, warm light when in use, and sculptural appeal even when dormant. Slight pour ripples and surface pitting, the results of casting in small batches, give each object a subtly unique surface, texture and appearance. Over time, their finish will oxidise, evolving gradually into a dark patina; this process may be left to work its subtle changes, or the metal polished to renew the original brightness.

While these three objects are available exclusively through Henry’s website, the Brass Oil Burner is available for purchase in-store. Used with Aesop Oil Burner Blends, this object of substance and beauty will enhance the aesthetic and atmosphere of any interior.

Learn more about the Brass Oil Burner and our collaboration with Henry Wilson.

‘Quality… is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution.’

John Ruskin